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5K to Benefit Peace River Center Recovery Services


Runners will gather at First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth on Saturday, September 28 beginning at 7am for Peace River Center’s signature three mile run, R3FiveK which starts at 8am.   The three Rs (R3) of the run are “Reduce stigma,” “Renew hope” and “Recover health”. The run is focused on the benefits of preventing and overcoming mental health and substance disorders within the community and is held in conjunction with National Recovery Month. Twenty percent of all adults in this country had a mental illness within the previous year, and an estimated 1.9 million youth had a major depressive episode which kept them from completing chores, school, or work and impacted their social lives and relationships with family.

The community is encouraged to show support for those who are working to achieve recovery from addictions or mental health disorders by participating in this event. The entry fee is $25 for pre-registered adults or $30 after Sep. 13.  Special event sport tees will be given to pre-registrants, and prizes will be awarded to top finishers. Sponsors of the event include CPS Investment Advisors, Mulberry Pharmacy and Deborah Garringer.  Proceeds of the event will benefit the Recovery Services programs of Peace River Center.  To register or for more information about the event, contact Lauren at 863-519-0575 x 1114 or register on-line at or

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PRC Names New Director of Victim Services

New Director of Victim Services

(Lakeland, FL, June 1, 2012)

Peace River Center is pleased to announce that Sheryl Schwab has been named Director of Victim Services. Victim Services include all programs that provide service to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties.  Schwab comes to Peace River Center from Women in Distress of Broward County after serving as Executive Director of Programs & Services, and Chief Operating Officer for over 13 years.  In 2005, Schwab was named Broward Victim’s Rights Coalition Advocate of the Year and also received the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Advocacy Award.  A licensed mental health counselor, she is also certified as a Batterer’s Intervention Program assessor, facilitator and supervisor. A graduate of Kent State University, Schwab earned Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and National Gold Key honors.

Schwab will direct the Victim Services programs of Peace River Center which include the Rape Recovery and Resource Center in Lakeland, as well as two domestic violence shelters which are in undisclosed locations in Polk and Highlands Counties. 

For more information about rape recovery or domestic violence, or victim services offered by Peace River Center please contact us at 863-413-3077.

Peace River Center (PRC) is a private not-for-profit community mental health organization serving the residents of Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties for over 60 years.PRC serves families in crisis, functioning children and adults in need as well as the severely and persistently mentally ill. PRC also provides two domestic violence shelters, a Rape Recovery and Resource Center, Substance Abuse Treatment Program, and 24 hour Crisis lines and Intervention to the communities it serves.

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Thrift Shoppe Extends Hours

 Are you a thrift shop scavenger? Do you go “thrifting” because it’s the “green” thing to do? Or perhaps you like to donate? Whatever the reason you should know: We are now open 7 days a week and have extended our hours!

New Thrift Shoppe Hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday: 10 AM – 7 PM   Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM   Sunday: 12 PM – 4 PM

Come visit us at 4419 S. Florida Avenue in Lakeland! Bring in your unwanted or gently used clothing and household items. Still have questions? Call us at 863-647-4224

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Lowe’s Bartow Thank you Thank you Thank you…

Peace River Center has been so fortunate to have the recent community involvement in creating a child-friendly environment at the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in Bartow, Fla. 

Today the Community Relations Department had the opportunity to present Lowe’s with a plaque for choosing Peace River Center as the recipient of their Lowe’s Heroes Project. Outdoor Awnings, concrete pavers, and three sets of tables and chairs were donated to help create a comfortable place for children to stay while receiving services. 

We thank Lowe’s Bartow for their support, dedication, and hard work! They have made the local community a better place, and for that we are extremely grateful!

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Are You Aware?

Here in Polk County we have strong law enforcement officers, loving families, and compassionate support in the community, but those things are not always enough to put an end to violence. Education, awareness, and giving voice to those who go unheard are the start. 

Behaviors are learned, lives are affected, and patterns in family and community are formed– there’s no time like the present to stand up and speak out against domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Are you aware? Well, you’ve got a little time…

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Thrift Shops do good.

Ever been curious about how donations to our shop can actually effect the people we serve? Sure, you think it’s stuff and people just use it, but there’s more…read on to learn how it made a difference in a young woman’s life…

After graduating from college, Angela, a smart and beautiful woman, found herself in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Max. Separated by miles, and isolated from her family she was too ashamed to call them for help. But help was just a phone call away.

She turned to Peace River Center.

Mustering the courage to call Peace River Center’s Domestic Violence (DV) Hotline [(863) 413-2700], she left her abuser and went to one of the domestic violence shelters, taking nothing but the clothes she was wearing. There she received counseling and began the process of healing while learning about her self-worth. Angela learned to identify the emotional abuse that went along with her cuts and bruises.

Little by little she grew stronger.

Holding a job was especially important to Angela since her abuser wouldn’t allow her to work or have money of her own. Shelter staff helped her apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. Through PRC’s Thrift Shoppe Voucher Program, Angela was able to shop for clothes to wear on job interviews. The day of her first interview, she appeared bright, confident and prepared. She got a job and the rest is history.

just one of many stories illustrating how lives are touched through Peace River Center. Your donations to PRC’s Thrift Shoppes are important. Please support Peace River Center Thrift Shoppes by shopping with us or donating your gently used items.

For drop-off locations visit: or
call Molly at 863-647-4224


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